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moving Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
moving Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Time flies… When it Rains, it pours… We have some more news too!

Is it strange that vacuuming was enjoyable for me this last week? I got a wild hair and was having a good ole time with our vintage Filter Queen vacuum. It might have been the warmer weather that got me all motivated or perhaps it's the prospects of getting out of this place and in to the home we just looked at. Either way, I was cleaning and even packing stuff up. Woho for motivation! The last few weeks have been filled with all sorts of crapola and it's made us grumpy at times but we are glad to have gotten so much accomplished. Here is a recap complete with links in case you missed something or a bored and want to read our drama. We got our taxes filed and our...

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Slumloards, credit scores and a prenatal chiropractor [in a pear tree]…

Being all pregnancy slackerific the majority of the time means that when the energy does actually come in spurts we have a crapload of stuff to accomplish all at once. Thankfully as a team N and I have managed to continue getting everything dealt with that needs to be. It is days like today that make it all possible. I had N get me up early today so I could get busy taking care of some Custom Gifts by Talina duties...

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7 days to go and we have news!

Our going away party was yesterday as most of you know. Our crazy week of working the week before pretty much left us unprepared for the going away party. Our house was just trashed. So we spent much of yesterday morning straightening and cleaning in preparation for the party. N insisted that we go for a nice drive before the party started, you know one last calm time together before the chaos of it all. So we head up the San Francisco peaks, N said it was his favorite drive and it is very pretty. So we are driving along and enjoying the scenery. When we get to the lodge we see that the ski lift is running. We have never skied or been on the ski lift so we get...

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House floods and hair dye…

I am one of those 20somethings who already has gray hairs, yep it is true! Actually it is a chunk of gray hairs, kind of a streak on my right side right near my hair line. I usually dye my hair with the intent of covering the gray I have tons of hair so I usually need 2 boxes of dye. Unfortunately, dye is expensive and these days we are scrounging every penny we have for our $10,000 move. Lately this has prevented me from enjoying the luxury that is coloring my hair...

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Whew, it is OVER!

You asked for it! Here is the scoop on the yard sale weekend complete with photos. My brother, mother and niece came to spend the weekend with us, to help and add to the excitement. My niece, Hazel was teething so she was tired and semi-cranky. Here is a photo to illustrate her mood: We were not so motivated the first day because we didn't sleep much the night before. My family was supposed to arrive at our place around 11:30pmish but were delayed in getting on the road and actually didn;t arrive till about 1:45am. We were waiting up for them and we watched the movie Cloverfield while we waited, it was an interesting movie! It sure kept us awake. After the family arrived I didn't get to bed till after 3:15am...

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Amazing weather rocks! People who don't respond to inquiries from their site suck.

We have had cool, humid, rainy weather this whole week and I am loving it! Sure the humid weather makes my hair go nutty but it makes my skin so happy and it is cooler than normal when it rains! Besides stormy weather just calms me. On stormy days I may even curl up with a blanket and pillow on the couch for a lazy day and that is not common for me! So, I am enjoying the nice weather and I am sure the garden also has been enjoying it! Don't you just love a stormy day? In other news, WordPress 2.6 is available Please update now. What? Didn't we just update like last month? Wordpress updates are beginning to remind me of all the Windows/ Microsoft updates. *sheesh* Oh and can I...

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Finding rental houses (not apartments) online…

I have never understood why finding rental homes online is so much more difficult than finding apartments. When we moved out to Flagstaff, AZ we rented several apartments over the course of 2 years. Apartment complexes just don't make things easy for multiple pet owners and families with kids seldom want to live in an apartment setting. Sometimes renting an actual house is better but finding them is never easy! I thought it would be helpful for others if I complied my rental home resources. This is not a sponsored post but I have had the opportunity to to business with several companies on the list and will link you to the posts made when I lived in homes under the particular company's management. Hopefully this list is helpful to some...

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RV shopping and contemplation…

Yesterday we looked at some RV's within our price range. The first one we saw was in good shape but we didn't get to test drive it because it needed new tires. The second one was a death trap with a rotten back end and it died on us during the test drive. The third one was a vehicle and a trailer thing (not sure of the correct term) that needed to be hitched to the vehicle. The vehicle wouldn't start though. We really like the first RV we looked at but the tire problem makes it questionable, buying 6 new tires at $80-$100 each will mess up the budget! Hopefully we can talk him down to account for the lack of working tires. We also have many other RV options...

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Making the yard sale happen!

Well, I am going forward with the yard sale.. I want to have it July 26th & 27th in my driveway here in Flagstaff. My mother has agreed to visit for the weekend and help us, yay! We will drink brandy all day and sit in the driveway trying to sell off our crap! Maybe we can even have the Nissan brought back up here for the yard sale so we can sell it that same day! Oooo, maybe our doggies old owner could visit that weekend also! You see we got our Dixie on freecycle and we have always offered to let her old owners visit her except it has been so busy that it has yet to happen. Maybe yard sale weekend huh? Yesterday I spent the morning out the...

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More anticipation….

Lets see I had Monday off from teaching for memorial day but had to show the house to a bunch of inspectors. I teach my class tomorrow and will perform with my students Wednesday night in a hip-hop routine that is a bit out of my comfort zone. N also leaves for Evansville Wednesday so it is a very exciting day for us. He will keep me posted on the progress of his interview but I'll also be leaving for California with my students on Thursday so I'll be on the road too! We have some packing and loose end tyeing to do in the next few days! I can't wait to have his interview over and done with so we can have some info on the status of our future, the...

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3 months to go till we move, again!

Last week was the first week of being forced to showed our current rental home. The owners decided to put it back on the market 3 months into our 6 month lease. So, I was home last Friday when this Native American couple came with their agent to tour the home. The showing was fairly quick and cordial so it was no huge inconvenience for me (other than having to wrangle the animals and clean the place). Yesterday we got a call from the landlords office to schedule another showing for this week, on Friday. Then N calls me and says he just talked to J, our landlord, and it seems like the house is going to sell. The couple that came through last week made an offer on the house so...

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Being a renter in Arizona kind of sucks!

Well, this was going to be an auto post for tomorrow since we are heading down to my moms house but I am just raging mad right now and have to share this shit with you guys! Yesterday I mentioned that our landlord informed us that the home we are renting was being put on the market and that we would need to show the house to potential buyers, this is not good news to us! We looked over our lease and had a family member and real estate expert, Jerry, look over the lease. Nowhere in the lease does it say that we are obligated to show the home to potential buyers and agents (like it did in the previous lease we signed for another home) but it does state the...

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Getting a tan and blogging…

Today is such a nice day! Yesterday we got rain so the air is all fresh and clean today plus the sun is shining and it is a warm 63 degrees out. As son as I got home from teaching I got my bathing suit top on, grabbed my towel and headed out to get some sun on my back. You see the band/ guard spring tour is coming up. I am chaperoning since I am a staff member and it is in California so that means pool/ beach time. living in a cooler climate has a definite impact on tanning. I have this sweet farmers tan from getting sun in my t shirts and I wanted to try to even it out today since the weather is so nice! It...

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I have spring fever! Is winter over yet?

Well, we are moved in to our new place and it's a bit like Christmas here every day! We are discovering all kinds of "surprises" each day as the snow melts. Some of the "surprises" are pleasant because they are signs that spring is around the corner, others a just odd. Yesterday we determined a smashed up coffee maker was rearing it's head in the back yard. It was apparently thrown there before the snow started falling, got burred and is now frozen in place till the ice/ snow thaws. Another discovery is the box of files and games on our front porch area. It too was buried under snow and was undetectable till things started thawing. The more pleasant discoveries include the three rose bushes and some emerging bulbs that...

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Bleach smells bad so I used it to clean the old home.

We seldom use bleach because of the environmental/ health impacts but had acquired a few large bottles of it some time ago. I don't like the smell of it and I always seem to mix it with something that I shouldn't (like cat urine in the litter box or whatever).. I was determined to make sure everyone knew we cleaned the place and what is better than a pungent bleach smell to convey that we cleaned? He, he...

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A rant about installation appointments

Well we are still waiting to have our phone/ DSL connected today. We had an appointment for a tech to come out between 12pm & 5pm today, it’s 4pm as I write this and nobody is here. The whole deal with service calls and connecting utilities is kind of silly. They need access to your home and they make an “appointment” to come out and complete the work. The appointment times usually span the entire day which is just silly. When you are moving from one place to another you are seldom hanging out in one place so the 5 hour middle of the day “appointments” are a pain because you can’t leave your new home to tie up loose ends at the old one cause you might miss your technician. It...

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My body hates me- moving is rough!

Well, I am just now sitting down with my laptop for basically the first time in 2 days. We are moved in and it has been exhausting! Thanks to my family we got the majority of our junk into the new home by Sunday night. We stayed in the new, warmer, much bigger home Sunday night. I didn't sleep much last night, we got up this morning got started early, I headed off to teach my class, came home, moved more stuff, unpacked some things and before we knew it all the large stuff was moved. Amazingly all our utilities are on too!! The only thing that is not connected right now is the phone and DSL. They will come tomorrow to hook it up, apparently the dogs that lived here before chewed...

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